Special Candle Makers
Both are currently studying in different special schools in Singapore
Special Candle Makers
Gentlehands Craft is a workshop that provides supported employment for autistic youth to produce handmade crafts for retail sale – mainly hand-poured container candles and essential oils wax products. Specialised job training, with on-going support in community & life skills are provided for the autistic youth as part of their employment.
Finding Bing’s Vocation & Joy: A Gentlehands Craft Brand Story
It’s not true — not all autistic persons have talent in drawing, painting, or music. And yes, we had art and music classes for years; praised all his artwork and applauded each music practice. Though Bing has limited verbal expressions his body language was consistently clear: he did not find much joy in these activities.
However, one family event led us to discover Bing’s love for pouring scented wax products. His aunt’s intimate wedding reception provided us an opportunity to get creative, making floral wax tablets infused with essential oils as wedding favours.
The difference in his being was most palpable: his smiles when we brought out the essential oils and wax flakes; his eagerness holding on to my arm as I was preparing the melted wax; his taking over of the jug to blend in the essential oils; and his teachers’ feedback how he grinned from ear to ear when they unwrapped the wax tablets, he made for them. While unable to verbalise, Bing recognises the products he has made and displays great joy.
Our Founding Parent’s Thoughts
“As a parent of a moderate autistic child I am faced with the challenge of helping my teenager transit to become an independent adult. Although, being independent like a neuro-typical teenager is not realistic as in our case by the time he completes special education at 18 years old (which is also the challenge for many families like ours). Helping him fulfil his potential as an individual, providing him an environment and resources as such needed lifeskills coaching, relevant therapies until his adulthood to be better equipped to be independent or aided-independence is the reason why gentleHands craft was set up.
There is also to hope that he has a friend, a group or even a community to grow with. Autistic individuals are also social beings, they want companionship, kindness, reassurance and confidence. They only have a different way to express all these.” – Christine, Founding parent